Let’s catch up- shall we?
If you’ve been around here too long you know that I hate feeling “not all caught up.” This bothers me in the moments when I’m deciding whether I’ll go to bed or stay up and write, and then it REALLY bothers me when I want to write about something topical, but feel like it’s been so long since I’ve last written that I need to “catch you up.”
And by “you,” I mean My Dyer-E. Or it used to be my journals that I wrote in. Truly– when I was the only person reading my previous entries in an old school journal (the kind with paper and pen) I would feel this pressure of needing to be “all caught up.”
It’s a sickness I suffer from, I know.
It’s why I love and loathe EVERYDAY IN MAY (and then this year, EVERYDAY THE MONTH AFTER MAY). It’s hard work. It means I skip brushing my teeth sometimes, but I AM ALWAYS ALL CAUGHT UP.
And when you suffer this sickness I suffer, that is a glorious feeling.
So here I am writing a post that is going to catch you up, sweet Dyer-E. And I’m going to do it in a way I’m not really incredibly proud of.
Via my recent Facebook posts.
I know, I know– it’s not really the way I like to do business either, but it’s just going to have to do for now.
(And for the 4 people that read my blog that don’t believe in Facebook, this will be BRAND NEW INFORMATION! Yay!)
But most importantly, I will have it documented and recorded forever, because who are we kidding if we even think we can trust Facebook Timeline to store our treasured memories. (Have you ever tried to go and search for a post you wrote in May of 2008? Yeah- Timeline fails me every time– My Dyer-E for the win.)
Let’s start here:
What to do when 34 weeks preggo and unable to sleep?
Why, peruse Pinterest for brilliant Halloween costumes for The Shippmate Three, of course.
Moving right ahead to July 12:
In a TOTAL NURSERY DOMINATION kind of day (sun up to literally sun down) I could not be more thankful for my parents and the help they brought to our baby girl’s nursery.
This is my dad (Baby Girl’s Grandpa) being so careful and meticulous to measure our prints for her room! His careful and precision with the measurements paired with my mom’s stellar straight cutting skills literally meant the world to me, among the million and two other things they did to help today.
I’m going to sleep exhausted and feeling so thankful for their love and support and monkey framing assistance in such a productively precious day.
And then July 13:
Beautiful tribute and service for a great man followed by none other than some family time at Bates City BBQ.
With my little lady in a big floppy hat, of course.
REALLY big day for us on July 16:
Today’s a big day for Baby Girl J.
Months ago, I marked our calendar to not miss the most exciting 35 DAYS UNTIL OUR DUE DATE celebration, but what I didn’t realize was that very day (today!) would also mark the first day of Week #35 for us!
My baby girl ALSO has a thing for the special of numbers, notably The Number 35. I couldn’t be more proud. — with Ryan Shippy.
And then yesterday, I opened a can of Big Mama Worms by posing this question to my sweet Facebook community:
CALLING ALL MAMA ADVISORS:
Any tips or suggestions for things to have done and ready before baby arrives? Or things you wish you would have thought of?
I’m making a Baby Shippmate Countdown of a to-do list, and I don’t want to miss something.
And oh my goodness Mama Bears unite for some MAJOR tips and sharing and talk of things I didn’t even know were going to be in my near future! I read several of the 63 comments aloud to Ryan and my mom, and I will be re-reading them all, I’m sure! What helpful and insightful friends I’m so blessed to have.
(And of all of the important advice– and some breastfeeding debates too lol– one of the main things I gleamed from the paragraphs upon paragraphs of advice was whoever said I should have some good books or a good television series to watch while up feeding in the middle of the night! I may still have no clue what these “tucks” of which people keep speaking of are, but by golly– I’m going to find myself a stellar book or show on Netflix to have ready! Hahaahaha.)
The same day I posed such a pivotal question that led to such thoughtful and detailed responses I so enjoyed, I also posted this…
This is the kind of thing I do have done:
Driving home from spending the day with my mom, I realized I not only had the nail person change my polish to match hers after I liked it so much, but I also was wearing a bracelet I bought like one of hers I liked so much, and it made me smile that at 28 years old, I’m still trying to be like my mom when I “grow up.”
And then it made me excited that I’m about to have my own little lady that might just want to copy my nail polish and fashion accessories and want to be like ME when she grows up!
I’m seriously still so tickled pink that I get to have a baby GIRL!!!!!!
Whew. I’d say we’re nearly caught up. Thank goodness. Unfortunately I’m now too tired to post about what I wanted to write about tonight, so that will have to be for another night. Hopefully tomorrow.
I left out one important thing I never ever want to forget! (And I likely would if I don’t type it real quick.)
So I’ve been waiting for three weeks to get to use this “fall savings pass,” my mom got at Destination Maternity for our Tops and Toes Day, because it was $50 off of $100 purchase, but you couldn’t use it until July 18th. I briefly thought I lost the pass which MAJOR stressed me out and led to me calling the store and them being able to look up my receipt and get the number for me to use, but all of that only to FIND the savings pass just last night. Anyway, I had been so anxious to use this stellar coupon to order my diaper bag, and so AT LAST, I went to order it tonight with my fingers crossed it all worked out. (I have trust issues with coupons for some reason.)
And it did work! Which made me so happy to see that I saved $50. Just right as I was about to “complete order,” I saw a little slot for applying store credit, and I thought to myself- “I should just double check to make sure I don’t have any store credit in my purse.” I start to look through my cards and receipts, and I come across this mail coupon I had saved way back from April that was a $25 off of a $100 purchase at Destination Maternity. I just KNEW it couldn’t possibly still be good, or even if it was, I couldn’t imagine you could use two similar coupons.
But still, I typed in the code and hit APPLY.
ONLY TO SEE IT DID WORK!!!! So instead of just saving $50 on this Petunia Picklebottom glory of a diaper bag, I saved $75!!!!!
Since Ryan was already in bed, I danced around the kitchen with my cats in a coupon victory dance. Totally made my night.
(Please ignore the fact that it seems as though maybe a diaper bag shouldn’t cost my total savings for the grand total and just grab a cat and dance around with me. We’ll all be happier that way.)
Ahhh- now I can go to sleep content and at peace from being all caught up, Sweet Dyer-E. And you just get your little heart excited and ready for what I wanted to write about tonight that will be coming at you soon and very soon!
PS: I love group texts with my fam. They’re just delightful and always include pictures of the sweetest baby on the face of the planet in the form of Roman Henry Dyer.
PPS: President Obama is coming to Warrensburg. And all of Facebook is in an uproar about it. Except me, because I’m not as political as I should be. But if he walks into Quiznos while I’m there, I’ll definitely snap a quick phone pic to share here with you. Don’t you worry.